Texas teacher shortage: State lost nearly 43,000 teachers in 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott asked the Texas Education Agency to create a task force to examine the teacher shortage, but the group made no recommendations.
TEXAS, USA — Texas classrooms lost nearly 43,000 teachers statewide last year, setting a new record for retirements and quits.
Gov. Greg Abbott asked the Texas Education Agency to create a task force to examine the teacher shortage, but nearly five months later that group has yet to make any recommendations.
Initially, the TEA working group consisted of only two teachers. After a backlash, it expanded to 52 members statewide. Last week, a Dallas teacher chairing the task force said he was tackling the shortage urgently.
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“This is a unique opportunity,” said Josue Tamarez Torres, professor of mathematics at ISD Dallas and holder of the chair. “This is an opportunity to perhaps reshape the teacher landscape in Texas.”
The group said it understood the importance of giving teachers a decent salary, especially those working in smaller rural districts.
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“When a teacher decides to quit…it’s important to me,” Torres said. “It’s important for the whole society.”
The working group is due to meet again next week. As for when the group’s recommendations will be released, lawmakers said it should be in March. The task force said it could be even sooner than that.
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